Sarri opens up on Hazard exit fears
Maurizio Sarri says it will be very difficult to keep Eden Hazard at Chelsea if the player has set his heart on joining Real Madrid.
Hazard was the star of the show as he grabbed both goals in Monday night's 2-0 win over West Ham United, but speaking afterwards Sarri revealed his concern over whether Chelsea would be able to keep him.
Real Madrid are keen to do a deal for the 28-year-old and could be willing to pay £100million, while Hazard himself has often spoken of his desire to play under Zinedine Zidane.
Sarri and Chelsea are keen for him to stay, but the fact he has not yet signed a new deal makes the situation difficult, and the Blues hierarchy have a decision to make.
"If Eden wants another experience it's very difficult to keep him," Sarri told Sky Sports. "Eden played a wonderful match. When he is able to play like this we are lucky because it is easy to win.
"£100m is too cheap in this market - we have seen in the last windows every price. The club agrees with me [about wanting to keep Hazard].
"We are trying to improve. We are trying to become one of the best teams in England and, as a consequence, in Europe - but I think I have to respect his decision."
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